In the Presence

     We Catholics witness today a sad turning point in out church history.  We are looking at a demographic cliff of dying churches, and a youth which overwhelmingly not staying home in the church.  The ability I had to swing into a local church for a Rosary, in a town not my own, in the presence of the Lord in Adoration may not be available to my children.  I saw today a glimpse of hope I  the church I visited today...one sixty plus parishioner, one 50 something, a 19-20 year old young man, and me Mr. Middle Aged man all sat together in the chapel.  This was an encouraging mix to be part of for a Rosary.

    On this trip I did find hope, as I met men living lives full of charitable work (done in God's name not theirs) all searching for better understanding of God's law.  It reminded me, even though in the course of human events matters may appear bleak...if we pray for and believe in the supernatural power of God we may yet be surprised in how the world can turn to hear his word again.  I know this does not avail me of my duties to evangelize, but it gives me faith to redouble my devotion and duty to live the word I deed.

-ehw

Prayers are Good

Holy Spirit Catholic Church Doraville, GA

Holy Spirit Catholic Church Doraville, GA

    Prayer is good.  The saints say we are made to pray.  Heaven is all prayer all the time.  Thank God we still have places we can go and be in his presence for just 15 minutes!

    Last year I embarked on a year with a prayer intention book.  I am so happy for the many good returns, the strength delivered for continued toil, and friendships made stronger by unity in prayer.  It is now a habit, and I will begin it again. It was fitting to start my second year on my knees before the Blessed Sacrament with a rosary on St. Dominic's feast day.

    Prayer is made to bring us to God.  To help us atone, nourish, and increase in our spiritual lives.  There are tough patches, great patches and smooth sailing patches.  Each has a purpose and they are worthy experiences for all to encounter.

-ehw